, Volume 92, Issue 2, pp 429–441

Journal impact evaluation: a webometric perspective


DOI: 10.1007/s11192-012-0669-x

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Thelwall, M. Scientometrics (2012) 92: 429. doi:10.1007/s11192-012-0669-x


In theory, the web has the potential to provide information about the wider impact of academic research, beyond traditional scholarly impact. This is because the web can reflect non-scholarly uses of research, such as in online government documents, press coverage or public discussions. Nevertheless, there are practical problems with creating metrics for journals based on web data: principally that most such metrics should be easy for journal editors or publishers to manipulate. Nevertheless, two alternatives seem to have both promise and value: citations derived from digitised books and download counts for journals within specific delivery platforms.

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© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group, School of TechnologyUniversity of WolverhamptonWolverhamptonUK

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